As I was preparing episode #78, composer Ned McGowan said to me over the phone: “It’s hard to live up to the expectations of opera.” But here are some marvelous attempts to do just that.
Among highlights, I perform a one-minute dadaist operatic tour de force by Moritz Eggert, and we hear excerpts from the premiere Eggert’s new opera Caliban last week here in Amsterdam. But that’s not all! Composer and pianist Alanna Battat shares an exclusive improvisation just for our listenners; and we hear an advance track from an upcoming LP called “Waves” – for 150-foot-long amplified cables.
AMERICAN HIGHWAYS #78: NEW OPERAS
Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.
Street Scene – “Lonely House”
Dawn Upshaw; David Zinman: Orchestra Of St. Luke’s
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Stairway to Heaven
Altius String Quartet
Navona Records (NV6078)
Richard Dowling, piano
Rivermont CD BSW-2240
Parma Recordings/Navona NV6078
Guy Livingston, piano
Asko/Schonberg Ens, conducted by Steven Sloane
world premiere – live recording March 25, 2017
Petra Dubach & Mario van Horrik
Petra Dubach & Mario van Horrik, electronics
Telemark LP 62801 [release planned for 2018]
The Named Angels
V. Mikhail’s Thunder
VI. Azrael. Malak-al Maut
VII. Jibreel at HIRA
VIII. Israfel’s Spell
Del Sol String Quartet
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL 92193 CD
One minute improv
Alanna Battat, pianist
Advance warning: 2018 release pending on Edition Telemark in Berlin of WAVES